Catrin Nye hosts a series of monthly national debates from locations across Wales. This edition comes from Wrexham and asks whether Wales needs a new approach to crime.
Tonight from Wrexham, does Wales need a new approach to crime? It's back on the increase, and rising levels of violent crime are causing concern. Police forces are stretched after waves of budget cuts. At the grass-roots level, people are worried about anti-social behaviour and the impact of drink and drugs. Meanwhile, police are struggling to keep pace with the massive increase in cyber crime across the country. Some are arguing that you get what you pay for, and funding for the police needs to be increased, others say that is just throwing money at the problem, and we need to be tougher on the causes of crime - poverty, poor employment prospects, and even bad parenting. With Wrexham host to the UK's biggest superprison, the role of prison in our approach to crime will also be in the spotlight. Should we impose tougher sentences? Invest more in our prisons to ensure that they help criminals to go straight once they are on the outside again? Or should we take some offences, such as Class B drugs, out of the criminal justice system altogether? As always, The Hour will be asking the tough questions, and getting to the heart of the matter.